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Last night’s Family Home Evening

Yesterday was election day here in Ontario, and my wife was working as a poll clerk for the day. I was off work, so I was in charge for the evening. I’m not nearly as organized as my wife is, but I still managed to fit in Family Home Evening. I shared a very brief message based on Alma 37: 36:

Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.

The kids and I discussed for a while what it meant to have our thoughts directed towards the Lord.

Our activity was that line-by-line story thing again that I mentioned last week. Here is this week’s story…

One day [a girl]
picked her nose and it started to bleed
She gathered it all and prepared herself a milkshake
The blender then exploded in her face
She cut her whole face open and went to the hospital
She was very sad because her brother cut it open
But then her brother gave her
a wet willy and grossed her out
The she repeated the action and put her finger in [another girl’s] mouth
He then kissed her for hours
Which was horrible to watch
But then super girl came to save the day. The end

Remember, the ages are 7, 10, 12, 16, and adults, so you can probably guess who wrote which lines 🙂

Family Home Evening activity – Line by line story

For family home evening this week, my 10-year-old son read the story from the September 2014 Friend called Tornado!Tornado! and shared a short message about prayer.

For our activity, we did one of those line-by-line stories. I’m not sure what the official name is, but it is when you write a story a line at a time. One person writes a line, and the next person only sees that line. They write a line that matches that first line, and then the story goes to the next person. That next person only sees the most recent line (not the first one) and adds a line. So every pair of lines should kind of make sense, but by the time you get to the end, it doesn’t really flow at all. We had a good time doing it.

Here is our story:

Today is a great day because…
it was a rainy day splash
and all my clothes got wet
so I ate them
and they tasted like ketchup.
Everyone thought that ketchup tasted disgusting
What was even more disgusting was seeing a person pick up dog poo and throw it at their brother
The brother denied that it was dog poo.
He thought it was disgusting. Ew! Ew! Ew!
Because [10-year-old boy]’s feet smelled so bad!!!
So [16-year-old girl] upchucked
and started crying
Then he was grounded
Unfortunately, the grounding lasted so long, he died in his room. The end

If you haven’t tried this with your family, you should. It is a lot of fun.

My funny kids

On Sunday we had our Ward Conference, so the Stake Presidency, along with many other stake leaders, were there. My oldest son (10-years-old) asked me after Church if I knew the Stake President. I said yes, and he said the next time I am bishop I need to ask him for his autograph. I asked why, and he said, “because he’s the stake president!”

Funny stuff! The first thing is the “next time you’re the bishop” like he just assumed it would happen. The other thing is that he thinks the Stake President is “famous” enough to get his autograph.

I sent an email to the Stake President to let him know that, and he thought it was pretty funny. He said that years ago someone had asked him to get a General Authority to sign something (he didn’t say what it was), and the GA told him that President Hinckley had asked them not to sign things since they aren’t rock stars.

The other funny thing was on Monday at Family Home Evening. My 4-year-old daughter was in charge of the lesson so we told her to get The Friend magazine and pick something. She saw a story with a picture of Jesus and she wanted to read that. I helped her with the lesson and asked a few questions about Jesus. I started off by asking where Jesus was born. My oldest son said Jerusalem. I told him it was a very close answer, but there was specific place the scriptures mention. After a few seconds my daughter blurted out, “Agrabah!” (For those that don’t know, that where Disney’s Aladdin took place). Perhaps that is why there was a party in Agrabah 🙂

Count your blessings

We recently had a family home evening lesson about what we were grateful for. Here is a list of things that were mentioned by the 5 members of my family. You can probably guess which ones were from adults and which ones were from kids, but there are definitely some that could be either (I’ll leave it up to you to guess). Overall, it’s not a bad list. I’m pleased that we were able to think of such a wide range of things.

  • our home
  • priesthood
  • family
  • love
  • job
  • food
  • brothers and sisters
  • my best friend
  • the Church
  • toys
  • our fish
  • prayer
  • comfortable furniture
  • books
  • clothes
  • music
  • school
  • teachers
  • flowers
  • games
  • spring
  • movies
  • funny people
  • nature
  • animals
  • temple
  • scriptures
  • life
  • weather

FHE stands for?

I was in Costco the other day and while walking down one of the isles, my eyes saw the letters F H E on a package. For a split second I thought that perhaps a company had used our term and was promoting something for the family. “How nice!”, I thought. Well, it was just an ottoman that had storage space. I supposed that is a family thing, but not what I was hoping for. It stands for Fresh Home Elements, not Family Home Evening 🙁

The Last Supper!

Last night my wife did the Family Home Evening lesson. She called it “Scriptures In A Bag” (I’m not sure whether she made this up or found it online). She had several small paper bags on the floor, and each of them had an object or two in it. By seeing the objects in the bag, we were supposed to come up with a scripture that related to those objects. There were pictures of temples in one bag, a container of water in the other, a boat, notepad and pencil, and more. One of the bags that a toy peach, tomato and muffin in it. I joked with the family that I didn’t remember seeing any scripture that had a peach, tomato and muffin in it. My son that blurted out very loudly, “The last supper!”
🙂

Random Family Home Evening activity ideas

We recently had an activity in the ward where we went through the different aspects of a Family Home Evening. The Young Men President and Young Women President ran the activity portion, and they had a handout with some ideas for Family Home Evening activities. There were no details provided on any of the suggestions. Some of these could be directly tied in to a lesson, others would just be for family fun. Most of them are self-explanatory, but if you want more details, you can do a search online and I’m sure you could find specifics.

Here are the suggestions:

Outdoor Activities

  • beach blanket volleyball with water balloons
  • water balloon toss
  • water gun fight
  • flour-filled balloon toss
  • egg toss
  • relay with sponges and 2 buckets
  • races around a high school track
  • tricycle races around a high school track
  • sack races
  • family walk or family hike
  • raking leaves contest
  • jump in leaf piles
  • tobogganing
  • build a snow fort
  • snowball fight

Service Activities

  • plan bulbs at the chapel
  • clean the chapel
  • shovel driveways
  • rake leaves
  • deliver home-made cookies
  • write letters to the missionaries
  • deliver sand-art cookies-in-a-jar
  • secret service delivery
  • invite another family to your Family Home Evening

Indoor Activities

  • scripture pictionary
  • scripture story picture guess
  • act-out scripture stories
  • do as I’m doing
  • hide and go seek
  • freeze tag
  • sardines
  • dance contest
  • crab walk race
  • sock tag
  • balloon toss or balloon keep-away
  • bean bag toss
  • hidden object search
  • tower building contest with recycling
  • board games
  • mini golf
  • make valentines
  • dye Easter eggs
  • carve pumpkins
  • decorate the Christmas Tree

Missionary Preparation Activities

  • tie tying contest
  • egg frying contest
  • Kraft Dinner making contest
  • ironing contest
  • button sewing contest
  • clothes folding relay race

FHE – Draw That Hymn

My wife led the Family Home Evening lesson last night and we talked about Church music. She asked us all to draw a picture of our favourite hymn or Primary song and we would all try to guess it. The one who guessed it right got to sing the song. Here are our drawings. See if you can guess each song:

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Did you get them all? Here are the answers:

  1. Drawn by my 4-year-old son. This is a tough one… It’s “Follow The Prophet”. Apparently that is my son on the left and the prophet on the right.
  2. Drawn by my 6-year-old son. It’s “Families Can Be Together Forever”. It is a family sitting in the living room together. One person is reading a book.
  3. I drew this one (no, I’m not an artist). Hopefully you figured out that this is “Popcorn Popping”. There is a person looking out the window.
  4. This was drawn by my wife. This is probably the easiest one to guess. Yes, it’s “Holding Hands Around the World”.

Family Home Evening on Samuel the Lamanite

I’m not sure where my wife got the idea from, but recently she did a Family Home Evening lesson about Samuel the Lamanite. She made a “wall” out of Rice Krispie Squares and had a bunch of the kids toys standing on the table in front of the “wall”. A “Lamanite warrior” figure that my sister had purchased for my sons was used as Samuel.

In the crowd was smurfs, Geotrax men, army men, Little People (including a tourist, pilot, ice cream man, cave girl, and more) and a Mega Bloks Buzz Lightyear (that another sister had purchased for my sons).

It looks exactly like the scripture in Helaman 16!

And now, it came to pass that there were many who heard the words of Samuel, the Lamanite, which he spake upon the walls of the city. And as many as believed on his word went forth and sought for Nephi; and when they had come forth and found him they confessed unto him their sins and denied not, desiring that they might be baptized unto the Lord.

But as many as there were who did not believe in the words of Samuel were angry with him; and they cast stones at him upon the wall, and also many shot arrows at him as he stood upon the wall; but the Spirit of the Lord was with him, insomuch that they could not hit him with their stones neither with their arrows.